As a Philadelphia commercial photographer who also maintains a fine arts practice, I make a point to keep current with the art world. I am photographing an on-going portrait and documentary project with artists in their studio spaces. A condensed edit of this project can be found at The Artists, while a wider selection of my sessions lives here on my blog.
While many are visual artists, I also pull in others from differing creative fields – musicians, wood-workers, writers, tailors, etc. The project is rooted in portraiture. However, I’m equally as interested in profiling and documenting the artistic and tactile processes behind the work. In addition to portraiture, I photograph the artist working. This can either be in the studio if their practice is studio-based, or on location if their work requires it.
This is Burnell. Burnell is a member of the Dumpster Divers of Philadelphia, a group of artists interested in interrupting the waste stream and using garbage as their medium. He’s a multi-disciplinary artist, working with painting, collage, assemblage, sculpture, and digital art & photography. I spent some time in his South Philadelphia studio space with he and his wife Betsy.